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Leila Brown Jackson

Judge Jackson and the Myth of the Perfect Parent

Ketanji Brown Jackson not only becomes the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, a historic and momentous event, but her role as a mother was also on full display. The Supreme Court will again have two working mothers on the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson spoke of being a parent during her opening statement and…

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The human tragedy in Ukraine is sadly not unique.

One must be only human to feel the pain and the misery of 1.5 million Ukrainians displaced from their homeland. Coincidentally that number represents the number of my displaced ancestors, marched into the desert, and slaughtered in the first major genocide of the 20th Century. As I see the images on my television screen of…

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Dora with graduation MPAOL students

Supporting Voting Rights in America: How You Can Protect Our Voice

Conversations about voting rights in America and the Freedom to Vote Act underscore an opportunity to improve upon and make an impact in this country. Dora Kingsley Vertenten, teaching professor and faculty director for USC’s Master of Public Administration online program, explains, “I’m passionate about the fact that people should be involved and should…

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City of Rolling Hills Estates

The Value of Local Public Service

As I begin my 14th year of academic service at one of the best research universities and highly ranked public affairs schools in the nation, I want to reflect on the value of local public service as the antidote to many wicked challenges facing us today.  Democracy's Hope is in Cities Several years ago, I shared the podium…

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Frank Zerunyan

My Conversation with General Stanley McChrystal

Several weeks ago, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council representatives contacted me to request my participation in their upcoming program on October 13, 2021. The program featured United States Army 4-star General Stanley McChrystal (ret) about his latest book, “Risk.” The organizers of this event had seen one of my lectures in a virtual webinar series here at USC Price. I…

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America We Thank You

President Biden thank you! Remarkable lesson in leadership

Dear Mr. President, thank you! During your inauguration on January 20, 2021, I penned an open letter to request that you remain true to your lifelong pledges. On the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, you reclaimed America's moral and legal authority over men's inhumanity to men. The clarity in communicating a century-old truth fulfills your promise to…

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